Prince Harry’s fleeting visit: Duke of Sussex ‘spent 30 minutes at the Royal residence’ after his father’s coronation before he flew back to California to be with Meghan and their children
- Prince Harry spent less than half an hour at Buckingham Palace before leaving
- Sources said he didn’t see family for ‘practical’ reasons as they were too busy
Prince Harry spent about half an hour at the Palace after the Westminster Abbey service before travelling to Heathrow Airport to return to the United States on Saturday.
He went to the Palace for ‘logistical reasons’ to take a moment out of the public eye after the two-hour ceremony and didn’t speak to any family members, according to the Telegraph.
It comes after King Charles III reportedly expressed ‘regret’ over Prince Harry’s invitation and toasted ‘those that weren’t there’ during the Royal Family’s celebratory lunch.
Prince Harry did not join the Royal Family for official Coronation portraits and was not at the Coronation Concert on Sunday.
Prince Harry spent less than half an hour at the Palace after the Westminster Abbey service before travelling to Heathrow Airport to return to the United States on Saturday
Prince Harry did not join the Royal Family for official Coronation portraits and was not at the Coronation Concert on Sunday
Prince Harry flew back to his wife Meghan (pictured), who had remained at their home in the US to celebrate the 4th birthday of their son Archie on Saturday
Sources told the Telegraph Prince Harry’s lack of contact was ‘practical’ and he was eager to return to his wife and children in the United States while the rest of the working family were busy with the Coronation procession.
It is the first time Prince Harry is known to have been at the Palace since the Queen’s funeral last September.
He was in Britain earlier this year to attend court cases but is not known to have seen King Charles III or Prince William.
He was seated in the third row for his father and stepmother’s crowning in Westminster Abbey – two rows behind his brother Prince William.
It is understood Prince Harry wore what he was asked to wear, which was a dark morning suit and tie, his Afghanistan and Jubilee medals pinned to his suit jacket, and a Royal Victorian Order star and neck decoration.
During the Royal Family’s lunch, King Charles III raised a glass to his three grandchildren Prince George – who also served as a Page of Honour – Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who were among the stars of the show and carried out their public appearances with aplomb.
But he made a point of also toasting ‘those that weren’t there’ and wished his other grandson a very happy birthday ‘wherever he was’.
‘It was apparently a very sweet moment,’ a source told MailOnline.